Sometimes all we need is good ole comfort food like Tamale Pie. I often made tamale pie for my girls when they were little. It was a sure method for getting everyone to the table.
I loved hearing my girls squeals of happiness when they came into the kitchen and I announced we were having tamale pie for dinner. My tamale pie is filled with tender ground beef, savory aromatics, fresh corn, black beans and loads of flavorful spices. Then it’s topped with a corn and cheddar laced cornbread that is slightly sweet. I serve it with sour cream, sliced avocados and a tossed green salad for good measure.
So, I have to admit, I kind of liked tamale pie night myself. It’s such a great way to use ground beef and the cornbread topping makes it feel a bit playful. Back in the day when I was making this dish often, it was a delicious way to serve a gluten-free meal for my gluten sensitive daughter. I also had a freezer full of grass-fed ground beef and needed inventive ways to prepare it.
Today, my girls still love this Tamale Pie. They continue to crack me up as they are mostly grown up now and yet, still little kids at heart. They both love ground beef recipes, especially when it’s Tamale Pie.
I made this last week and both my daughters were completely delighted. Then the oldest daughter decided to take home the leftovers – for her lunch the next day. Much to the disappointment of my youngest daughter who I found rummaging through the refrigerator looking for it. 🙂 I guess I’ll be making another batch next week.
This is an easy recipe to pull together and pop in the oven. It just screams happiness and everything that makes dinner delicious.
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!
- 1 1/2 cups Masa Harina (I use Bob's Red Mill)
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups water
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 1/2 cup corn (either fresh or frozen)
- 1 tablespoon ghee, extra virgin olive oil or flavorless coconut oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- 1 10.75 ounce can of tomato puree
- 1 can black beans
- 1 cup of corn, fresh or frozen
- 1 handful of fresh cilantro, lightly chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Squeeze of lime juice